A look at some superb old Butlin's postcards.
I love the British seaside with all its quirks, eccentricity and traditional entertainment. I grew up on holidays at Butlin's holiday camps in Minehead, Bognor Regis and Ayr - and spent many summers in the 80's and 90's at the Barry Island Holiday Camp which used to be a Butlin's camp.
I've got brilliant memories of the monorail, funfair, laser tag and arcades there. It's little wonder that even now I'm such a big fan of the British seaside, monorails, crazy golf and video-games.
|My brother Christopher was recently looking through some old family photos and spotted this snap of us riding the monorail at Butlin's Minehead back in the early 90's|
It's probably in no small part because of our childhood stays at holiday camps - and all the fun they had to offer - that Emily and I have spent the last thirteen years travelling around the UK on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We also visited Butlin's Minehead (formerly Somerwest World) on one of our first holidays together in 2004.
|Butlin's Holidays postcard from Somerwest World Minehead. Postally unused. Undated|
Over the years we've built up a great collection of miniature golf postcards, and we always keep an eye out for Butlin's cards. They're such colourful and fun cards, and seeing the monorail at Minehead brings back many happy memories.
|Butlin's Minehead postcard M13. The Monorail. Postally unused. Undated|
|Butlin's Minehead postcard M15. Monorail over a Main Avenue. Postally unused. Undated|
|Butlin's Minehead - Monorail over Outdoor Swimming Pool by John Hinde Studios. Postally unused. Undated|
|A Typical Butlin Monorail. Postcard S25. I also have a variation of this postcard with the caption 'BUTLIN'S SKEGNESS Monorail'. That card was posted on 27 July 1971|
|Butlin's Minehead postcard M 28. The Chair Lift. Postally unused. Undated|
Back in the 1970's the minigolf courses at Butlin's holiday camps featured some very big golf balls and tees and make for a striking image.
|Butlinland Skegness - Putting Green and Monorail by John Hinde Studios. Sent on 4 Aug 1980|
|Butlin's Bognor Regis postcard B39. Putting Green. Postally used 29 Sep 1975|
|Butlin's Bognor Regis postcard by Golden Shield. Postally used on 2 Sep 1985|
|Butlin's Holiday Worlds - Southcoast World (Bognor Regis). Printed by E.T.W. Dennis & Sons Ltd. Posted. Date unknown|
Visit the John Hinde Collection postcard website for more information on Butlin's postcards and their history and follow them on Twitter to see lots more examples of their brilliant postcards.
Check out the Butlin's website for more information on the holiday camps.
- John Hinde postcards
Related blog posts:
- Happy Birthday Butlin's!
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Monorails and Minigolf at Butlin's Minehead
- Butlin's postcards in November's Picture Postcard Monthly magazine